SAWP Professional Development for Teachers

For Teachers

The Southern Arizona Writing Project offers several professional development opportunities for teachers from all grade levels and content areas. Following the National Writing Project model, in which teacher professional development is led by teachers, SAWP programs range from the intensive, invitational summer institute, to a variety of inservice and continuity programs. 

Write to Learn Saturdays and Saturday Writing Communities provide both structured and unstructured opportunities for teachers to write and hone their craft.

Advanced institutes are topic-driven and designed to help teachers develop expertise in a particular area. These include: Critical FriendsNational Board Certification, the Teacher Research and Inquiry InstituteTeachers as Writers, and Open Enrollment Institutes (patterned on the Invitational Summer Institute).

Professional Learning Communities are grant-funded small groups of teachers who design their own program of professional development based on common interests. PLCs may pursue a variety of goals, such as writing for publication, studying specific issues (ELL, assessment, early literacy, action research, writing across the curriculum, using technology to teach writing).

The Invitational Summer Institute is an intensive five-week program which offers teachers a chance to reinforce and fine tune good teaching of writing, to develop and try new approaches, and to experience professional renewal.

SAWP programs for teachers are limited only by the imaginations and energies of the numerous classroom teachers who participate in them. Join us at any of these programs to learn more about our work on behalf of teachers and learners in Southern Arizona. 


For more information about SAWP professional development opportunities, contact:

Southern Arizona Writing Project* 
Department of English University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210067
Tucson , Arizona 85721
Phone: 520-621-3436 
Fax: 520-621-5410